The MSC Jewel, the cleanest container ship to visit the US, which emits 75% less than previous generation vessels, has visited the Port of Long Beach.
The vessel, which has a capacity of 14,436 teu, arrived at Total Terminals International’s Pier T facility last month.
It is powered by Tier III diesel engines (main propulsion and auxiliary power), which are 75% cleaner than the Tier II standard set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Long Beach Harbor Commission president Tracy Egoscue said: “Tier III ships just started entering the global fleet. The Clean Air Action Plan Update we passed two years ago identified strategies to accelerate the timeline by which we would start to see these cleaner ships calling at our port.
MSC is heavily investing in a number of technical solutions to meet or exceed the new regulations, finding innovative solutions and maximising its environmental performance.
The carrier, which runs the largest terminal in Long Beach, will receive US$6,000 for the MSC Jewel’s visit, via the Port of Long Beach Green Ship Incentive Programme.
The initiative rewards qualifying vessel operators for deploying today’s greenest ships and accelerating the use of tomorrow’s greenest ships.
All MSC vessels that visit California ports are shore-power equipped, which means they are also able to connect to the land side electrical grid to minimize emissions when berthed.